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NBA PLAYOFFS

by The Associated Press on April 24, 2013 10:00 AM

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19, and New York opened a 2-0 lead over Boston with an 87-71 victory Tuesday night.

Raymond Felton added 16 points for the Knicks, who used a 27-4 run spanning halftime to blow it open and move halfway to their first series victory since the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals. This is their first 2-0 lead since sweeping Toronto in the first round that year.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Celtics, who will play host to Game 3 on Friday in their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.

Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds but battled foul trouble for Boston.

Anthony followed his 36-point opener by making 8 of 13 shots in the second half to finish 11 of 24 for the game.

HEAT 98, BUCKS 86: Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and LeBron James finished with 19 as Miami took a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen all scored 10 points for the Heat. Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee.

The Heat scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter, needing just over two minutes to blow open what had been a three-point game.

 

WARRIORS 131, NUGGETS 117: Stephen Curry had 30 points and 13 assists, and Golden State handed Denver its first loss at home in more than three months, a stunner that evened their playoff series at a game each.

Jarrett Jack added 26 points and Harrison Barnes had 24 as the sixth-seeded Warriors wrested home-court advantage from the NBA’s best home team as the series shifts to Oakland for Game 3 Friday night.

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